Every third Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the Surry Arts Council presents Voice of the Blue Ridge, a celebration of Ralph Epperson, WPAQ, and our area’s traditional music. This live performance of old-time, bluegrass, gospel and country music is held at the Earle Theatre located in Downtown Mount Airy. Travis Frye and Blue Mountain serves as the host band each month. Guest Bands include both local and surrounding area bands. A short documentary is shown before the performance to honor broadcast legend Ralph Epperson of Radio Station WPAQ, 740 AM.
The third Saturday night live music tradition began in the mid-eighties as the Hometown Opry at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and was hosted and presented by Frank Bode and the Toast String Stretchers. After many years, Frank retired and the Surry Arts Council continued the tradition renaming it the Blue Ridge Jamboree. With funding from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the show was moved to the Downtown Cinema Theatre, the format was changed to that of a live radio broadcast, and a documentary celebrating Ralph Epperson and WPAQ was produced and is shown before each performance.
Tickets are purchased at the door. Groups may reserve seats in advance by calling the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.